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Product Details

  • Paperback: 193 pages
  • Publisher: Luminis Books, Inc.; 1 edition (May 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935462342
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935462347
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,174,550 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Laurie Gray earned her B.A. from Goshen College and her J.D. from Indiana University School of Law. Between college and law school, she taught high school Spanish, working summers as an interpreter in Guatemala. An experienced trial attorney and child advocate, Laurie is the founder of Socratic Parenting LLC (SocraticParenting.com). Laurie@ debut novel Summer Sanctuary received a Moonbeam Gold Medal for excellence in young adult fiction and was named a 2011 Indiana Best Book Finalist. She has two additional novels and a parenting book scheduled for publication through Luminis Books: Maybe I Will (2013), Just Myrto (2014), and A Simple Guide to Socratic Parenting (2014). In addition to writing, speaking and consulting through Socratic Parenting LLC, Laurie works as an adjuct professor of criminal sciences at Indiana Tech and as a bilingual forensic interviewer at the Dr. Bill Lewis Center for Children in Fort Wayne, IN.

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Laurie Gray earned her B.A. from Goshen College and her J.D. from Indiana University School of Law. Between college and law school, she taught high school Spanish, working summers as an interpreter in Guatemala. An experienced trial attorney and child advocate, Laurie is the founder of Socratic Parenting LLC (www.SocraticParenting.com). Laurie's debut novel Summer Sanctuary received a Moonbeam Gold Medal for excellence in young adult fiction and was named a 2011 Indiana Best Book Finalist. She has two additional novels and a parenting book scheduled for publication through Luminis Books: Maybe I Will (2013), Just Myrto (2014), and A Simple Guide to Socratic Parenting (2014). In addition to writing, speaking and consulting through Socratic Parenting LLC, Laurie works as an adjunct professor of criminal sciences at Indiana Tech and as a bilingual forensic interviewer at the Dr. Bill Lewis Center for Children in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

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I also liked the traits of the characters.
Marisel Schalck
Valiant attempt, but it's more gospel garble than fiction.
Cas
Very well written and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By onyx95 on June 25, 2010
Format: Paperback
Facing a summer without his best friend, Matthew decided on a summer project using the speed of light and the theory of relativity to try and prove his own theory about the dilation of time. Using the library resources on a daily basis to prove his theory, he met a girl that turns out didn't really have anyplace to live or anyone to watch over her for a while. Sharing lunch with Dinah everyday, he would bring sandwiches and she would contribute anything she could find, even if it came from the supermarket dumpster. Wanting to help, he found a way to get her a warm, dry and safe place to stay - in his church basement. Discovering a friend who had a different back ground, a different family dynamic and outlook on life was one way for them both to grow and learn about thing from astrophysics to poetry, from each other and from themselves.

The tenderness and the acceptance that these kids show each other is very touching. If only there were more people that could be so different from each other and yet still help one another learn from those differences. This is a quick and easy story to read, it did have a lot of sitting around a tree talking, some religious overtones (Matthews father is a preacher), a little science and even some music. These kids are gentle and kind, they show warmth and encouragement and all of this in a young, pre-teen boy who is finding his own heart full of friendship and good will toward someone he has only just met. Sad is some parts but over all an uplifting story that could be read by any age group. The science gets a bit technical in places and then the end is abrupt, leaving just a small piece of me wondering if that was it.
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Cas on October 7, 2012
Format: Paperback
Valiant attempt, but it's more gospel garble than fiction. Thinly veiled evangelism, with puppets as characters, predictable plot, and about as much insight into the complexities of children's emotional lives as a Sunday school pablum.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Alice Berger on November 30, 2010
Format: Paperback
Matthew's best friend, Kyle, has gone away to spend the summer at a farm. His younger brother has reached a growth spurt and is now bigger than he is. And his mom is pregnant. Again. Since Matthew is being home-schooled, he doesn't even get the summers off, and he has to write a research paper on Einstein's Theory of Relativity. It was going to be the worst summer ever - until he met Dinah.

Dinah is on the run from Child Welfare, waiting for her mom to come home and get her. But until then she needs a place to hang out and hide. Matthew takes an instant liking to Dinah, and offers her his friendship and a sanctuary. The two new friends share ideas, laughter, music and companionship over the next few weeks, forging a strong bond in the process.

Matthew never expects to get so close to this homeless girl, and their time spent together is all too brief. Will they stay in touch by email, as Dinah suggests, or will time apart bring inevitable distance? But in the moments they do have together, they touch each other in ways neither could anticipate.

Summer Sanctuary is a warm and tender story of two teens who find true friendship in a world that is often much too harsh. Matthew and Dinah are interesting and deep characters, and I enjoyed getting to know them both. I highly recommend this beautiful story for all who long to still find caring and goodness in humanity.

Reviewer: Alice Berger
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By TeensReadToo on June 13, 2010
Format: Paperback
Who doesn't remember what it's like to be stuck at home for the summer with nothing to do and no one to see?

At first, this is the prospect for twelve-year-old Matthew's summer. He wants to be hanging out with his friend, Kyle, going to the movies, or doing anything but what he is really doing - hanging out with his family or working on a summer home schooling project which involves being at the library. Every. Day. What a lame summer.

Then Matthew meets Dinah, a fifteen-year-old girl who is also hanging around the library. The two become friends and Matthew catches a glimpse of a world he has never seen before, only heard of. He's lived his entire life in the same town where everyone knows everyone else, especially him and his family, since his dad's the town preacher. Dinah shows him her world of uncertainties, an unstable mother, where meeting basic survival needs is a priority, not a given.

Matthew's family is busy with his other brothers and a baby on the way. They wouldn't be able to understand Dinah's situation, and she's not a Christian. Can Matthew see outside of his own world to accept one like Dinah's? And how is he ever going to tell his Dad he snuck Dinah into the church basement to stay for a while?

Find out what it's like to have your perspective on life challenged. Take a walk in someone else's shoes to see how the truths you know may not be true for others. And find a safe place and a safe person to share who you really are in SUMMER SANCTUARY.

Reviewed by: Erikka Adams, aka "The Bookbinder"
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Emily Bates on September 1, 2014
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I really enjoyed this story. True friendship is hard to find, especially right when it's needed. For young or old, this is a sweet, sweet tale with no bad language and a solid foundation. There are some difficult topics but the author takes you through them as gently as possible. The whole book fills you with joy and the tears do fall near the end. I would've given five stars if there was but one more step at the last. I felt the story was taken from me before I'd finished. You'll find out when you read it for yourself.
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